Graham vows to protect Mueller probe
- Graham's defense of Mueller comes in the wake of the President's latest attacks suggesting partisan bias on the special counsel.
- Trump's criticism of Mueller, a Republican, also came a day after his personal lawyer, John Dowd, called for an end to the special counsel's probe.
- On Saturday, CNN learned that Mueller had interviewed former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe and asked about the firing of FBI Director James Comey.
- McCabe was fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday night after being long derided by the President.
- Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont issued a similar call to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley on Saturday.
Trump-Mueller Showdown Looms as Lawyer Urges End to Russia Probe
- President Donald Trump and his lawyer fired what may be the first shots in a showdown with Special Counsel Robert Mueller over the future of his investigation into Russian election meddling and Trump’s campaign.
- Trump’s lawyers, who’ve been negotiating terms for Mueller to interview the president, had assured their client for most of last year that the investigation would wrap up by the end of 2017, said a person familiar with the matter.
- Michael Bromwich, a former Justice Department attorney now serving as one of McCabe’s lawyers, said that the veteran FBI agent was fired after the disclosure that he’s a cooperating witness against Trump.
- White House lawyers have said in the past they plan to cooperate fully with Mueller’s probe, but Trump’s other personal lawyer, Jay Sekulow, has used his daily radio show to chip away at Mueller’s investigation for months.
Legal tech is opening the system to those who need legal representation the most
- Public defenders, pro bono lawyers, and immigration attorneys provide a great service to citizens, yet the demand for legal support far outweighs the supply of legal aid services.
- Organizations like JustFix.nyc, in partnership with legal aid groups and community-based organizations, help tenants prepare legal documentation of substandard housing conditions so tenants can self-advocate and, if necessary, self-represent in housing court.
- GoodCall, a triage hotline, provides a direct line to legal support for the arrested before their cases advance without representation.
- Instead of working one-on-one with an immigration lawyer, applicants simply download VisaBot’s Facebook Messenger chat bot, submit necessary information, supporting documents, and their personal story, and the bot makes sure all the details are properly filed.
- As legal tech gains momentum, investors like Open Society Foundations, Google.org, and Omidyar Network are leading the way in supporting these startups, that are unanimously nonprofit.
Opinion: Stormy Daniels deserves fairer treatment
- Yet here we are: Stormy Daniels is suing Donald Trump, saying that the nondisclosure agreement she signed is invalid because the President didn't also sign it.
- She alleges that Trump's lawyer, Michael Cohen -- the man who says he cut her a $130,000 check -- is attempting to intimidate her into silence.
- If Trump did cheat on his wife, it would not come as much of a surprise, given his history: he cheated on his first wife with the second, and then fed the story to New York tabloids to humiliate her.
- There's also the treatment of Daniels by the Trump team and the media, who are trying to undermine her credibility by casting her as an attention-hungry porn star who will do just about anything for the right price (as opposed, I guess, to our attention-hungry reality TV star President who will do just about anything for the right price).
A White House taken by storm(y)
- The adult movie star, who claims she had an affair with Trump and was paid $130,000 to stay quiet before the election by the President's lawyer, has drawn the White House into a politically damaging sexual melodrama.
- Trump was furious with Sanders over her responses on Wednesday, a source close to the White House told CNN's Jim Acosta.
- In effect, Sanders broke the news that Cohen last week won an order from an arbitrator to temporarily stop Daniels talking about the alleged affair.
- Trump carried white women voters over Hillary Clinton by nine points in 2016, but trails potential 2020 Democratic re-election foes by double figures among the same demographic, according to a recent CNN/SSRS poll.
- Down the road, any effort to compel Trump's testimony in the case could open new peril for a President who shades the truth and is causing his lawyers sleepless nights about his desire to testify to special counsel Robert Mueller.
Stormy Daniels sues Trump over alleged affair and 'hush' agreement
- Washington (CNN) - A new lawsuit filed by the porn star known as Stormy Daniels claims President Donald Trump never signed a hush agreement regarding an alleged sexual encounter between the two and therefore the agreement is void.
- According to the legal complaint filed in California state court and tweeted out by her lawyer on Tuesday, Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, signed the document on behalf of the President instead.
- The porn star, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford, claims in the lawsuit to have had an affair with Trump several years prior to his presidency.
- However, the lawsuit claims that when he was running for office and multiple women were coming forward to share stories of their own alleged encounters with the then-Republican presidential candidate, Cohen intervened in an attempt to keep Clifford from coming forward as well.
Former porn star who says she had a sexual encounter with Trump is suing him over a 'hush agreement' she says he never signed
- A civil lawsuit filed on behalf of Daniels on Tuesday argues that the agreement, executed shortly before the 2016 election, identified Trump and Daniels under the aliases, David Dennison and Peggy Peterson.
- The lawsuit alleges that Trump never signed his portion of the agreement, NBC News reported.
- Trump's personal lawyer Michael Cohen facilitated a $130,000 payment to Daniels, whose real name is Stephanie Clifford.
- The lawsuit accuses Cohen of trying to keep the woman quiet about contacts with Trump that she claims to have had between 2006 and 2007.
- The encounters would have occurred shortly after Trump's wife, Melania, gave birth to their son, Barron.
- The entertainer's allegations have been a persistent thorn in Trump's side, as Daniels makes it clear that she wants to speak more openly about the alleged affair.
Hope Hicks is resigning from the White House
- Her resignation will undoubtedly reverberate for months to come inside the West Wing, where Trump will find himself for the first time in more than three years without the constant presence of his most loyal aide -- who is among the handful of aides who worked with Trump at his company, during the rollicking campaign and into the White House.
- A source familiar with her thinking said she first seriously considered resigning in the wake of the scandal involving former senior aide Rob Porter, whose public defense Hicks helped craft while also dating him at the time.
- Hicks was one of the White House officials involved in crafting the statement aboard Air Force One that claimed Trump Jr., the President's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, and then-campaign chairman Paul Manafort took the meeting with the lawyer primarily to discuss US policy on Russian adoptions -- rather than because Trump Jr. believed the lawyer would provide incriminating information on Clinton from the Russian government.